A bounty of sun-dried tomato products!
I might have mentioned a time or two that I don't cook much anymore - what with Jeff traveling so much, and of course the kids having made us empty-nesters a few years ago, I'm more likely to have something simple for dinner, but these actually inspired me to cook. I know - who am I??? Of course, it helped that two of the products I received were sauces/spreads, so I didn't have to do much to make a meal, but still. I cooked! And it was really good. First up, I tried the Sun Dried Tomato Pesto - I made a quiche using a recipe from their website, and then I tossed some penne pasta with it for a quick dinner:
The pasta dish (it was dark when the quiche was ready and the pictures did not do it justice, so I'm not including them).
Next, I made bruschetta, using their jarred spread - I sliced and toasted a sourdough baguette, then topped it with a little Laughing Cow cheese and the bruschetta:
This was really tasty, although I couldn't differentiate much between the taste of the pesto and the bruschetta - both were good, don't get me wrong, but I think because sun-dried tomatoes have an intense flavor, it's hard to separate the two products.
I made a spinach quiche with the julienne-cut sun-dried tomatoes that were packed in olive oil and Italian herbs. I drained and blotted off most of the oil for this one - I think the oil would be great, mixed with some vinegar for a salad dressing, but I don't like to use too much when I'm cooking:
This one, as Jeff said, is a "keeper" - the flavor combination of the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, along with some Gruyere cheese, was so good!
Bella Sun Luci sun-dried tomatoes are made in Chico, California, at family-owned Mooney Farms - it's a small business that started out with a kiwi farming operation, but expanded to sun-dried tomatoes, and they've really taken off. Check out their website for inspiring recipes and ordering information - and they even have a recipe contest going on right now, where the winner will receive $2,500! I know several of my readers should definitely enter it.
Mooney Farms has generously offered up two price packs for giveaway - you'll be receiving the same thing I did! To enter, just leave me a comment saying you are in - I'll announce the winners on Friday. U.S. only for this one. Please make sure you leave an email address in the comments if your name is not connected to a blog.
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FTC: I received these products for review; Mooney Farms will provide products to the giveaway winners.